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Configuring Longitude to Monitor Servers and IT Infrastructure

April 25, 2017 | Ken Leoni

The monitoring of servers and the network infrastructure need not be a daunting task.
As the number of servers and network devices continue proliferate a common theme from many IT professionals is  “How do I best monitor for performance and availability issues and do it in a way that isn’t time consuming?” 

The IT monitoring market is crowded with a variety of technologies - some expensive, some free, some complicated, and some simplistic. So where is the balance? How do you go about successfully  monitoring your servers and network and do it in a way that will ultimately addresses your technical needs, save you time, and save you money?

Longitude offers a methodology that is quick, clean, and neat. The technology is designed from the ground up to operate and scale agentlessly and to minimize the amount of interaction required by IT staff to administer the technology during all phases from initial implementation to ongoing configuration.  

Installation:

  • Longitude’s primary installation requirement is a Windows OS on a physical or virtual server -  this is a prerequisite for the Longitude Management Console
  • Longitude operates from a single Longitude console. For very large configurations, users can scale Longitude across “Remote Statistics Servers” to distribute the collection and rollup of key metrics/statistics
  • Installation is self-contained and includes all underlying database and web server technology required for Longitude to operate
  • Built-in SMTP server / SMS capability provides for robust notification and resiliency
  • Technology is self-maintaining including automated backup and internal database maintenance

 

 Installation of Longitude required for server monitoring and network monitoring

 

Data Collection:

Ultimately when it comes to monitoring the IT infrastructure there are a finite number of performance and availability metrics and most IT monitoring technologies can readily be  customized or extendend. When evaluating an IT monitoring methodology particular attention should be paid to the how in addition to the what.

Longitude collects data without the need to install an agent on the monitored computers or network devices. The technology's underlying principle is to minimize setup and configuration time.

Examples include:

Device Type

Method

Permissions Needed

Windows/Hyper-V

WMI

Windows account with local Administrator
privileges on target device

Unix/Linux

SSH

Unix user account with SSH connection privileges

Network Devices

SNMP

SNMP Community string with read privileges

VMware

API

Read access to vCenter resources

 

Monitoring servers, network devices, and applications is an easy single step process. When Longitude is configured to monitor device(s) and applications(s) the technology will initiate a set of automated collections.

With collections Longitude knows:

  • what metrics to collect
  • how often to collect the metrics
  • when/how to evaluate the metrics for problems

Below we see Longitude configured to monitor a group of servers for Windows Operating System problems.  (note: the concepts below have applicability no matter the devices or applications configured in Longitude)

  1. simply by instructing Longitude to monitor the Windows operating system the technology initiated all the highlighted collections
  1. the data from the collections is automatically analyzed using the best-practices contained in Longitude’s configurable knowledge base

Longitude for Server, Network, and Application Monitoring

 

Configuring Longitude to monitor devices and applications is quite simple.  From the Longitude Management Console, there are two Longitude Wizards “Discovery” and “Monitor”.  

This 2 ½ minute video shows the ease and simplicity of configuring with Discovery” and “Monitor”.

 

 

Discovery of Devices

The initial steps to set up data collection can be automated through Discovery. Using the Discover Wizard in the Longitude Management Console, Longitude scans a specified subnet for Windows or Unix servers, or Network Devices. The Discover  button in the upper left of the Monitoring tab launchs the Wizard.

 Longitude Discovery Wizard for Server, Network, and Application Monitoring

Monitor Devices

Using the Monitor Wizard in the Longitude Management Console, Longitude can be configured to monitor specific servers, network devices, and applications

  1. Click the Monitor  button in the upper left of the Web UI to open the Monitor an Application Window
  1. Select the application to monitor from the drop down list

 Longitude Monitor Wizard for Server, Network, and Application Monitoring

 

Conclusion:

When considering any changes to your IT monitoring strategy give close consideration to the amount of time and resources you are able to devote from the initial deployment all the way through to the ongoing administration and maintenance. 

Remember that the capability of any given technology does not always translate to success, rather the ability to effectively leverage the technology is a more likely determinator. There are many failed/ineffective technology implementations due to lack of personnel time and resources.

Ultimately the success of any IT monitoring initiative is going to be based on the ability of IT professionals to effectively leverage IT technology to monitor for real and impactful problems.

Want to learn more:

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